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Health and medicine writer Margaret B. Kreig dies at 76

Margaret Baltzell Kreig, a writer specializing in health and medicine who drew early attention to the issue of drug abuse among youths, died Jan. 12 at her home in Washington.

She was age 76. The cause of death was complications from lung cancer.Kreig wrote numerous magazine articles and two non-fiction books during her career. She investigated the spread of drug abuse among middle-class youths in the late 1940s and 1950s, working for some time at a drug treatment center in Lexington, Ky. She also traveled to various parts of the world on scientific expeditions for her writings.

She served as a staff writer and editor at Parents' magazine. And under the name Peggy Craig, penned several murder mysteries and television scripts.